I'd rather be sailing
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: The state of s/v/ Pelican
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Caleb - I have all the equipment you mentioned except for a satphone, but we do have an SSB + 2 EPIRBs + 1 PLB + a SPOT, 3 GPSs, all the charts, liferaft (which is why we've been in Charleston for almost 3 weeks - getting a liferaft), jacklines, harnesses, radar, stocked ditch bag, etc. We usually navigate via chartplotter while keeping track of our location once per hour on a chart. I haven't done much offshore at all, but I know I hate being close to shore and dealing with watching for traffic, buoys, fish traps, etc. We went about 30 miles off a couple of times on our way down here and I enjoyed being out of sight of land. I'm hoping we get a bit of breeze (but not too much) so we can have a nice sail down, but the forecast says it'll be light. We'll see. By the way, for weather I primarily use passageweather.com and a little NWS (but they tend to be somewhat inaccurate). I take a peek at sailflow.com every so often. One of these days I'm going to get a Pactor so I can download GRIBs while underway. Cam - As always, thanks for watching out for us.. no cell phone service where we're going and you don't have an SSB anymore, so I'll see what you have to say when we arrive. I'll drop a note on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning to confirm our departure. As usual, we'll be running the SPOT so people can track our progress. Chris
s/v "Pelican" Passport 40 #076- Finished Cruising - for the moment -
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